Sunday, 27 November 2016

Surviving winter colds 101

It's that time of year again. Cold and flu bugs are spreading around your family, friends and colleagues like wildfire, and it's only a matter of time before your number is up! If you're lucky, it'll just be a sniffle, but some strains can totally knock you for six. I'm currently battling a real corker and I'm less than impressed that it's arrived at the weekend. BUT there are plenty of ways you can turn a cold into the perfect opportunity to reach peak snug, get tonnes of rest and kick it to the curb a little faster.

1. Get comfy

So, you've got yourself a stinking cold. Blanket forts and hot water bottles are a must, and now's no time to skimp on the heating. Keeping warm helps your immune system work properly and boot the germs out of your body, plus you'll be super cosy. I like to drag my duvet over to the sofa and properly slob out, but I won't lay down in bed as that means your nose runs down your throat and could make you cough. If you're well enough to be in work but still feeling under the weather, dress as comfortably and warmly as you can.

2. Medicate

Don't be a hero! Some people like to stick things out in a weird display of toughness, but if hitting up the decongestants and throat sprays makes you feel better then do it. If you really don't like to load up on blackcurrant Lemsip then more natural remedies like herbal teas and eucalyptus oil are a good shout. And don't forget your new best friend, vitamin C.

3. Keep entertained

If you're lucky enough to be at home instead of at work while poorly (I often end up just sticking it out myself) and can see far enough through the mountain of tissues at your feet, find something to distract yourself with. Whether you fancy a Harry Potter marathon or picking up a book, relaxing with some light entertainment is going to be better than sleeping the entire day or trying to power through and do your housework.

4. Treat yoself

I know you should probably eat healthily if you're not feeling great, but I find a little junk food goes a long way when I'm feeling rough. Supplement your chicken soup and orange juice with the biscuit tin, and make sure the hot, sugary drinks are flowing! Spicy food could also help clear your sinuses a bit, so don't feel bad about ordering yourself an Indian on Just Eat!

Do you have any other secrets to getting rid of a cold? Let me know in the comments because in my current state, I'll try anything!


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